Terps spring football notes: Rehab for WRs Stefon Diggs and Deon Long progressing well


(Doug Kapustin for The Washington Post)

Some leftover notes and personnel news from Maryland football availability on Friday, the pre-spring practice primer.

**Wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, both of whom suffered broken legs against Wake Forest, are progressing on schedule as they rehabilitate their injuries. Coach Randy Edsall said  Diggs may be available for individual work toward the end of spring practice and has begun working on the Stairmaster. Long, a rising senior, is currently working on the anti-gravity treadmill.

Both will be made available for interviews at some point during spring football, so we’ll be able to get a more detailed update then.

**As Edsall previously announced on his Twitter account, the following players are out for spring football with injuries:

Safety Milan Collins (toe)
Linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (pectoralis)
Defensive back Elvis Dennah (toe surgery)
Offensive lineman Derwin Gray (labrum surgery)
Defensive lineman Kingsley Opara (labrum surgery)
Defensive back Jarrett Ross (labrum surgery)
Defensive lineman Ty Tucker (ACL)
Linebacker Alex Twine (shoulder surgery)

Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson and wide receiver DeAndre Lane will be limited with hamstring issues. All injured players were listed at the bottom of the depth chart because, Edsall said, “they won’t be evaluated.”

** Wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, who battled a host of injuries throughout his football career including a concussion suffered during a bicycle collision with a bus, has decided to stop playing football “due to personal issues,” Edsall said, though the issues were not injury-related.

**The Terps will hold an open scrimmage on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at North Point High School in Waldorf, similar to the events they hosted at Middletown and Dunbar last spring.

Practices will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays over the next several weeks and Edsall is trying out something new by having them in the morning. He said he spoke with the team’s academic advisers and they said it might help the players to get practice done early. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays will be reserved for film and lifting sessions.

The Terps will cram in six practices before spring break, then finish out their schedule before the spring game on April 11.

** Walk-on quarterback Dustin Dailey has moved to slot wide receiver, presumably to fill space while Lane and Diggs heal. Maryland did something similar last fall with Ricardo Young, who will no longer be with the program after graduation this spring.

** By my count, the Terps are currently down to 87 scholarships — counting their incoming recruiting class of 2014 — after the announced transfer of Shawn Petty and Cheeseboro’s departure, meaning they still have some work left to get down to the NCAA-mandated limit of 85. Defensive lineman Alex Walker, listed as a redshirt junior last season, ended up graduating and walked on Senior Day vs. Boston College, so he is no longer counted against the scholarships, either.

** Maryland added defensive lineman Ruben Franco, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder who joined the team via an open tryout. He is currently listed as a fourth-string defensive end behind Andre Monroe, Roman Braglio and Chandler Burkett.

“The most important part of this press conference,” Edsall called Franco’s addition with a smile, simply because one reporter always asks about walk-ons. “Now that that’s over, we’re done.”

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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